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Subject: Re: FROM ITALY
From: CapAAVSO@.......
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 16:53:02 EDT

In a message dated 9/11/01 5:25:01 PM GMT Daylight Time, franuc@...... writes:

<< All the Italian Experimental Seismic Network wants to express
 our deep sorrow for the beyond description attack to your country.
 We are astonished of this cruelty and devastation we see on the TV.
 We hope anyone relatives and or friends of you of the mailing list were
 in danger of this attack. >>

Dear Francesco,

Thank you for your thoughtful letter and expressions of sympathy for what has 
happened to innocent people in our country. It is good to hear from friends 
in another nation at times like this. 

For what it's worth I will tell you my thoughts on this tragedy today while 
they are fresh in my mind. When I turned on the radio (I do not have a TV) 
and heard what happened to the World Trade Center I immediately thought back 
~ 60 years ago when I turned on the radio then and heard that the Japanese 
had bombed Pearl Harbor.  7 December 1941 was a day of infamy that changed 
the world. And 11 September is also a day of infamy and like Pearl Harbor it 
will probably change the world too.

In 1941 we knew it was Japan that destroyed Pearl Harbor and the next day the 
USA declared war, a war that eventually destroyed Japan. Today we do not know 
who destroyed the World Trade Center but I'm sure we will find out. When we 
do, no war will be declared this time, but I believe that nation is apt to 
suffer a fate similar to that of Japan.  

Thanks again for your kind letter expressing sorrow for what happened. I 
appreciate it very much.

Best regards,

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